After it was announced that the suspect in Gabby Petito’s death had shot himself in the head, her family said they are waiting to see whether additional people may be charged over her death.
Two weeks after driving cross-country in Petito’s van, Brian Laundrie, her former fiancé and the only person of interest in her death, shot himself in the head in a swampy nature preserve near his parents’ Florida home, Fox News reported.
“The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” attorney Richard Stafford said in a statement Tuesday, referring to Petito’s parents and stepparents.
“Gabby’s family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office.”
The statement added: “The family was asked to not comment and let the FBI continue their investigation and allow the US Attorney’s Office make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.”
Petito, 22, was believed to be traveling cross-country with her fiancé, Laundrie, 23 in a converted white Ford Transit to tour the country’s national parks.
However, on September 1, Laundrie returned to his North Port home without his fiancée.
Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11, just over a week after she was last heard from while on a multi-state road trip with Laundrie.
Laundrie’s family said he left for a hike on Monday, Sept. 13, and was reported missing when he failed to return.
On September 19, investigators searching the area in and around Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park discovered Petito’s remains. A coroner later ruled that she’d been strangled to death by “human force” three to four weeks earlier.
The remains of Laundrie, the only person of interest in the murder of his fiance, Gabby Petito, were discovered in the Myakkahatchee Creek Park, next to the Carlton Reserve, on Oct. 20, five weeks after he was last seen by his parents.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, the lawyer for Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, confirmed the 23-year-old’s cause of death.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound … and the manner of death was suicide.”
It added: “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor noted that “Their son returned without his fiancée, and they didn’t report Gabby missing,” he added “If they helped Brian escape law enforcement by giving him a head start, they can be charged with being accessories after the fact to murder.”
“Their eventually leading agents to Brian’s remains makes charges less likely, but what the Laundrie parents told law enforcement, and when, is key to any prosecution decision,” Rahmani continued.